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Who would want to compete with Tim Tebow?

Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:54 pm
Who would even want to compete with Tebow? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Monday, John Elway said at his season-ending press conference that Tim Tebow "earned the right" to go into the Broncos 2012 training camp as the starter. He also said that the Broncos will "obviously be in the market" for more quarterbacks.

But here's my question: Who wants to come to Denver and compete with Tebow?

That's not to say it's impossible to beat Tebow out for a starter's role, of course. It's not -- Kyle Orton did it in 2010. And Elway believes someone will be willing to compete against Tebow. Or at least that if there isn't anyone willing to do so, then he shouldn't be in Broncos camp.

"If he’s afraid to come in and compete for that job, maybe he’s not the right guy," Elway said Monday.

Here's the problem though: the deck is absolutely stacked against any of the available free agents that could come in and reasonably and/or rationally be considered a starter for Denver.

For starters, the would-be competitor has to be willing to consent to life as a backup. Even though they will be technically be involved in a competition, whoever signs in Denver is going head-to-head with a quarterback who just won a division title.

That quarterback happens to be a fan favorite, and therein lies the biggest problem: the fans.

Elway and John Fox can preach about ignoring what their constituents say all they want. The fact is that after relegating Tebow to third string, a 1-4 start and an enormous fan outcry (including the purchase of billboards instructing Fox how to do his job) prompted them bring in Tebow and give him run as a starter.

How'd that run work out for Orton? Not well -- he was routinely booed and generally reviled by Broncos fans. That he played poorly isn't even beside the point. It is the point, especially if you're the guy looking to compete with Tebow in 2012.

Win the job out of training camp because you play the quarterback position better than Tebow? Welcome to the shortest leash of your life, not to mention the most unfriendly homefield circumstances in NFL history. No one wants that, especially if it comes after the success.

And that's without pointing out how hard it'll be for Denver to even get someone decent into camp: the list of free-agent quarterbacks this offseason is abysmal at best.

Alex Smith, Matt Flynn, Jason Campbell and Orton are the headliners. Maybe someone beatdown and desperate like Chad Henne or Kyle Boller makes sense, but those guys have had their chance and they weren't as effective as Tebow, on teams with better weapons.

The Broncos aren't within range of grabbing an elite quarterback prospect; if they could trade up to grab Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III or even Ryan Tannenhill, it'd be a clear indication they're moving away from Tebow.

They're not doing that. No one thinks they are anyway.

Although the way that Elway and John Fox continually backpeddle, use vague language and strive not to support Tebow might lead some observers to believe they're actively rooting against him.

Whatever, if they want him to fail that's fine. Whether or not Tim Tebow succeeds has no bearing on the Broncos ability to land another viable quarterback for 2011. It's just not going to happen.

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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:57 pm

Who would want to compete with Tim Tebow?

Woody, I've never met an atheist who filled the bill. They're either as scrawny as Bill Maher or as dissolute as Jim Morrison.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:52 pm

Who would want to compete with Tim Tebow?

 Intruder, you're being a bit unfair to the kid. Not that I don't sympathize with you, but he didn't anoint himself; some of his fanatics get the credit for their blaspheming in his name. The Tebowing and such isn't anything that hasn't been all the rage among some black players for years. Only difference is that millions of black people didn't start to behave like fools in response.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:52 am

Who would want to compete with Tim Tebow?

It's guys like GiantFont below that make Tebow so popular.  Note the obvious lack of grammatical consistency an deductive reasoning skills.  Well, he is a legitimate NFL Quarterback because he took over a team that was 1-4 and took them to the playoffs.  Last time I checked, completion percentage is not the same thing as wins.  We've figured out a formula that complete disregards the total stats such as time of possession, Quarterback rushing yards and the quality of players surrounding the QB and just relied on simple conventional formulas.

He brought something to the table, just face it.  He can't throw very well, we get it.  He's not conventional.  So what, he brings something to the table in leadership, intangibles, toughness and has enough ability to put the team in the win column 55-65% of the time.  That's better than 10-15 Starting QB's in this league.  If you can't find a top 15 Quarterback in free agency...there is no reason not to start Tebow.

Since: Dec 18, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:19 am

Who would want to compete with Tim Tebow?

If Denver goes with Tebow next year, they are complete idiots.  He's not an NFL quality  QB.  Look at his stats, bloody awful.  he'd make a better TE then QB. However,  I hope they do start him next year,  cause it gives the Raiders or Kansas City  a chance to win the division.  Denver had no business being in the playoffs, mediocre team with an awful one dimensional QB. Denver better hope a free agent QB wants to go to Denver, or it will be a long season at mile high.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:55 am

Who would want to compete with Tim Tebow?

Any qb that can throw with any kind of accuracy and read defenses can take over for Tebow.  The fact that Tebow is the only qb on the roster going forward means he is going in as the starting qb because their is noone else on the team at the qb position.  What Denver needs to do if they are going with Tebow next year is to hire a mentor for Tebow and have him teach Tebow how to become more accurate by watching film everyday and going out on the field and practicing his release and accuracy.  He needs to develop good techniques and his throwing will improve.  The Broncos front office is not behind Tebow and will bring in some compitition to beat out Tebow so he better find some accuracy fast or else he is not going to last in the NFL long.Cool

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:27 am

Who would want to compete with Tim Tebow?

Self Righteous Asshole? Is that worse than a Man-Baby screaming that he and his 2 "Influenced" friends, considering you have that many, will not be watching a Nationally Televised AFC Championship because he is a Guest Analyst? Nothing Tebow does is for himself. So, throw your stones Man-Baby, he will only catch them and hand them back to you with class and dignity.

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:25 am
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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:34 am

Who would want to compete with Tim Tebow?

Tom Brady might be up for it, provided he's QB'ing the Broncos' opponent.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:34 am

Who would want to compete with Tim Tebow?

You're still gonna watch the game.  If you don't watch because Tebow is a guest and all you can influence are idiots.  Is that clear?

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:34 pm

Who would want to compete with Tim Tebow?

matt flynn, if the packers dont resign him and he goes somewhere else with a chance to start.  He will be the starting QB.  He's was a great backup and has great potential. 

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